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Old April 13th, 2012, 11:44 PM   #281
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I refuse to believe there isnt a win-win solution to this. Why can't they just take off and land in the other direction?
Planes takeoff into the wind, or as close as they can get to it. Taking off or landing with a tailwind of even 5 mph can increase distances by up to 20%, not to mention reduced climb performance.
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Old April 14th, 2012, 01:09 AM   #282
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Just strange that planes land/takeoff southbound from Sea-tac most days (northbound when the weather is nice it seems), but in the 9 years I've lived next to the lake see 99% of the seaplane landings/takeoffs to the north.

There must be some other influence other than wind dictating this.
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Old April 14th, 2012, 03:31 AM   #283
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Can't read the whole article because I don't have a subscription. What are the restrictions they're talking about? If there can't be 400-foot towers in SLU, that's honestly okay, as long as they can still build at a considerable density.
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Old April 14th, 2012, 04:28 AM   #284
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Here's 400 Boren (residential). EDG is just for massing and location - no real design stuff just yet:

http://www.seattle.gov/dpd/AppDocs/G...endaID3558.pdf
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Old April 19th, 2012, 08:50 PM   #285
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Here's 400 Boren (residential). EDG is just for massing and location - no real design stuff just yet:

http://www.seattle.gov/dpd/AppDocs/G...endaID3558.pdf
An article in todays DJC re: the 400 Boren project.

http://www.djc.com/news/re/12040102.html

City reviews Greystar plans for apartments
By MARC STILES
Journal Staff Reporter

Weber Thompson designed the seven-story project on a half-block at 400 Boren Ave. N., at the northeast corner of Boren and Harrison Street. The site is north of David Smith & Co., a furniture business.

It is unknown whether Greystar has selected a contractor. Company officials did not return calls, and the permit application does not list a contractor.

City rules limit the height to 65 feet, but the project team is proposing a contract rezone to allow an 85-foot project.

The plan calls for five floors of wood-frame construction above a two-story concrete structure. There will be two levels of underground parking. The proposal mentions no commercial uses.

The market-rate project will have a mix of studio and open one- and two-bedroom units. There will be a roof deck and garden as well as three courtyards.

An early design review board was scheduled to review the project last night, but a packet filed with city shows the proposed massing of the project and gives some insight into design strategies.

In a section called “design cues,” Weber Thompson's proposal calls for using “color, detailing and modulation of varied massing heights” to break up the long facade. There will be large expanses of glazing and angled bays to create views of Lake Union, Queen Anne and Capitol Hill.

At street level, entrances to apartments will be private but open to the street. The project will look like a series of stepped buildings, each with a unique look.

Vulcan Real Estate owns part of the block that is now covered with surface parking and small buildings. Last month, a Vulcan representative said Greystar has a contract to buy that portion of the site.

Two limited liability companies own the rest of the nearly one-acre property. Hendricks & Partners brokers Kenny Dudunakis and Marty Leith are listing these properties for sale. Yesterday, Leith said the buyer and seller haven't authorized him to talk about the deal.

Charleston, S.C.-based Greystar has been active in the Puget Sound region. Last year, it bought 1.1 acres in Redmond along with plans for a 134-unit apartment project.

In January, Greystar paid nearly $71 million for The Mill at Mill Creek, a 516-unit apartment complex.

Greystar manages more than 190,000 apartments across the country. Since its founding 19 years ago, the company has invested approximately $3 billion in projects.
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Old May 3rd, 2012, 06:18 PM   #286
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From the SLU Community Council blog re: Final EIS and growth proposals.

http://blog.slucommunitycouncil.org/final-eis-released/

A milestone has been reached! The final South Lake Union Height and Density Environmental Impact Statement was released by the Department of Planning and Development for the City of Seattle on April 4, 2012.

http://www.seattle.gov/DPD/Planning/...nt/default.asp

The Final EIS includes the draft and final studies, as well as all public comments submitted and all of the City’s responses to those public comments. The EIS was not appealed and this means that the process of defining the zoning ordinance can move forward.

James Holmes, Senior Urban Planner for the City of Seattle, said that they are currently developing the city’s recommendations that will be based on what was learned through the EIS, and through input from the community. The EIS outlines growth alternatives 1-4 and Holmes said that the city will not necessarily pick a particular proposal, but rather will propose a solution that falls into the range of growth outlined by the EIS. Holmes said that the recommendations will be released in mid-June and that there will be an open house at that time to present the results.

The city council will vote on the recommendations this summer, turning the ordinance into law, and the new zoning will be in effect after that. Holmes says the SLU area is booming and development ideas are stirring. “We get calls all the time – a number of projects are waiting to see what the recommendations will be,” Holmes said.

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Old May 3rd, 2012, 08:50 PM   #287
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Now just pan a little bit to the left so we can see a built out denny triangle.... yes... thats nice...
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Old May 4th, 2012, 12:51 AM   #288
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Once SLU is built up, we'll have no choice but to march east through First Hill with Skyscrapers...
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Old May 4th, 2012, 03:51 AM   #289
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Once SLU is built up, we'll have no choice but to march east through First Hill with Skyscrapers...
And south through Beacon Hill and the Rainier Valley.
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Old May 4th, 2012, 06:04 AM   #290
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Cannot wait!
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Old May 4th, 2012, 05:33 PM   #291
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And south through Beacon Hill and the Rainier Valley.
And north through Interbay and Ballard.
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Old May 4th, 2012, 07:09 PM   #292
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Oooh! I like the proposed rezone!
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Old May 4th, 2012, 07:10 PM   #293
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I would add that we should encourage similar heights in Lower Queen Anne. That way, Belltown, Lower Queen Anne, and South Lake Union will constitute one cohesive whole.
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Old May 5th, 2012, 11:08 AM   #294
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That small forest of stubbies is inspirational indeed and quite a surprise coming from the final South Lake Union Height and Density Environmental Impact Statement and Nothing Too Scary Please Tea Club.
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Old May 5th, 2012, 11:57 PM   #295
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From yesterdays DJC. This development looks to be in addition to the 400 9th St. activity.

Vulcan takes step towards 390,000 sf development
By JON SILVER
Journal Staff Reporter

Vulcan Real Estate is taking its next steps with plans to develop a nearly full-block site at the southwest corner of Westlake Avenue North and Mercer Street in South Lake Union.

The company filed a proposal with the city of Seattle to build a six-story, 240,000-square-foot office building at 500 Ninth Ave. N. and a six-story, 150,000-square-foot office building at 515 Westlake Ave. N.

The larger building, facing Ninth, would include 3,000 square feet retail and parking for 333 vehicles. The smaller building, facing Westlake, would include 12,000 square feet of retail and parking for 213 vehicles.

The proposal also seeks to vacate an alley that runs between Mercer and Republican streets.

ZGF is the architect.

Rob Arron, a senior director for Vulcan Real Estate, told the DJC last fall that the company was doing pre-development work on the site, and could build 400,000 square feet. The proposal, at 390,000 square feet, falls just short of that.

Lori Mason Curran, Vulcan's director of real estate investment strategy, said yesterday that the company is getting the office buildings ready for “if and when” it lands a tenant, but that it doesn't have a timetable for construction.

“We probably would not build spec,” she said.

Most of the site is currently given over to surface parking. The exception is two-story, 19,000-square-foot warehouse on Westlake that Vulcan purchased in 2008.

A city design review board plans to hold an early design guidance meeting on June 6.

Last October, Vulcan filed plans for a 196,000-square-foot office building with 3,200 square feet of retail on the block directly south, at 400 Ninth Ave. N.

Curran said that site also awaits a tenant.

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Old May 8th, 2012, 10:47 PM   #296
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Looks like shoring and excavation work has been paused at 202 Westlake. Not obvious if it's due to $/contract, a technical issue or something entirely different but it seems a little odd. With dirt remaining (or moved) against west wall and sidewalk plus curb lane parking blocked off it seems like it could be some kind of issue. Curb lane and sidewalk were reopened after demo several weeks ago. We'll see what hapens. Maybe it just looks like a pause but really isn't.
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Funny. I passed by there today and was just going to note that it appears they've hit the bottom and I was anticipating a tower stump placement soon.

Oh, well. Keep us posted, Seasun!!
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Old May 9th, 2012, 02:27 AM   #298
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Awww, nerds! Looks Like UW Medicine Phase 3.2 is not imminent. I was hoping they'd start the 2nd building when the first one topped out. Now it appears they are laying something down (protective membrane or something) where the 2nd tower will go instead of prepping for construction. They may be developing some green space.
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Old May 9th, 2012, 04:18 PM   #299
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What kind of rock lies beneath SLU?
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From todays DJC.

http://www.djc.com/news/re/12040765.html

Walsh eyes complex on S.Lake Union site
By JON SILVER
Journal Staff Reporter

Walsh Construction Co. is looking to redevelop the site where its Seattle offices now sit in South Lake Union.

The company shares a 26,000-square-foot office building at 509 Fairview Ave. N. with Mercy Corps and RDH, a building-science consultant.

The proposal is for a 275,000-square-foot structure that would include up to 9,800 square feet of restaurant and retail space, and four levels of parking for 375 vehicles.

The developer is an entity associated with Walsh called 509 Fairview Partners LLC. Seneca Group is the owner's representative.

Architect Weinstein A|U filed a preliminary massing proposal with the city that shows an 11-story tower and a 12-story tower joined by an elevator core. A 7,000-square-foot public plaza would face Republican Street at the southwest corner of the site.

Parking would be accessible from an alley west of the building. Because the site is steeply sloped, parking will be partially underground.

Tom Mathews, president of Walsh, said this is an early step in a two- to three-year process that will prepare the owners if an attractive development possibility comes along.

Walsh now occupies 14,000 square feet, and Mathews said he wasn't sure if the company would be a tenant in the new building.

The proposal suggests the building could have a large tenant or several smaller ones. Mathews said no tenants are lined up.

Ed Weinstein, principal at Weinstein A|U, said the plaza would join other significant public spaces that are contributing to a campus-like atmosphere in South Lake Union.

The Walsh plaza and main building entrance will face Republican because Fairview doesn't get much pedestrian traffic, Weinstein said.

Amazon's Fiona Building sits immediately to the west of Walsh's site, across an alley.

Skanska USA is planning an office and retail project on a block kitty-corner to the site at 400 Fairview Ave. N., and Touchstone Corp. is planning a pair of 12-story office buildings on another nearby site at Fairview and Thomas Street.

While much of the neighborhood has a 65-foot height limit, the proposals anticipate a rezone that will allow heights of 160 feet.

Mathews said the scale of the Walsh building is based on what new zoning would allow.

A Seattle design review board is scheduled to get its first look at the proposal at an early design guidance meeting June 20.



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